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NIU leads the statewide “P-20” initiative that promotes better teacher training and higher student achievement from pre-school through graduate school.
NIU is a leader in Illinois in the creation of academic programs dedicated to preparing students for careers related to homeland security. Currently the university offers certificates that train students how to help businesses and communities prepare for, react to and recover from acts of terrorism or natural disasters. Specialties include cyber security, biochemical sciences,...
The School of Theatre and Dance has one of only three academically-based Meisner training programs available nationally. Through SummerNITE, its resident professional company, the School is a member of the elite University Resident Theatre Association. One of 33 theatre programs with ties to Actors Equity Card.
The School of Music houses the premiere graduate string quartet training program in the nation, and its ensembles have a long record of “best” awards in national competition from Down Beat Magazine. Its graduate program in Jazz Studies is ranked in the Top 10 nationally.
NIU’s School of Art is the largest producer of art teachers in Illinois and, overall, NIU is one of the 10 largest teacher preparation programs in the nation.
The School of Art is the first choice for undergraduate art majors in Illinois. Its graduate program in art education is ranked in the Top 5 in size and scope.
U.S. News & World Report ranks NIU’s Master’s of Public Administration program third nationally in the specialty field of city management and urban policy, ahead of programs at all public and private institutions in Illinois and prestigious schools as USC, Syracuse and the University of North Carolina. NIU’s public administration program, a division within the...
NIU boasts the only political science program in the country that offers politics and the life sciences (or biopolitics) as a distinct field of graduate study. The Association for Politics and the Life Sciences and its journal were both founded at NIU. Three Political Science faculty members associated with this specialization have been named NIU...
NIU physicists are playing key roles in the world’s most ambitious physics experiment: The “D-Zero” project at Fermilab explores the subatomic universe using the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. NIU professor Gerald Blazey has served as spokesman for the project, which involves hundreds of researchers from across the world. Over the years, more than 120...
NIU Geology Professor Ross Powell is one of the lead researchers on a $30 million drilling project known as ANDRILL, an international effort to recover geologic records buried beneath the Antarctic sea in order to gain a better understanding of contemporary global warming trends. The project was featured in a front-page story in the Chicago...
NIU’s Geology Department received $2.5 million in recent years to boost research into worldwide climate changes, including global warming. NIU scientists are using a remotely operated submarine to look for causes of global warming under rapidly-melting glaciers in Antarctica.
The Chicago Tribune featured a front-page story on members of the Sereno family after they were awarded the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences outstanding alumni award. All six siblings are college alumni. And all now have flourishing scholarly careers—from the oldest, Martin Sereno, director of the NeuroImaging Centre at University College London and...